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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
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At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Whitaker hopes 'Butler' inspires young people to stand up to injustice

Whitaker hopes 'Butler' inspires young people to stand up to injustice

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker says he hopes his film "Lee Daniels' The Butler" inspires young people to stand up to social injustice wherever they see it.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Oprah Winfrey insists she is not a 'control freak'

Oprah Winfrey insists she is not a 'control freak'

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. media mogul and actress Oprah Winfrey insists she is not a control freak and was happy to take direction on the set of her new movie.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Mariah Carey says she was spat on because of her race

Mariah Carey says she was spat on because of her race

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Pop star and actress Mariah Carey, who is Irish- and African-American, says she was spat on as a youth because of her race.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Oprah Winfrey: I don't have one face that I present to the white world

Oprah Winfrey: I don't have one face that I present to the white world

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. media mogul and occasional actress Oprah Winfrey says she doesn't tailor her speech or demeanor depending on the race of the people around her.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- This weekend's Tony Awards show will feature performances by the casts of the Broadway musicals "Annie," "Bring It On," "Kinky Boots," "Matilda" and "Pippin."

Charlie Sheen billed by birth name in upcoming film

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Charlie Sheen is being billed by his birth name, Carlos Estevez, in the upcoming film "Machete Kills," directed by Robert Rodriguez.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.
By United Press International
Battery charges against Gooding dropped

Battery charges against Gooding dropped

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The New Orleans city attorney's office has dropped battery charges against actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who was accused of shoving a bartender, officials said.
Cuba Gooding's lawyer reaches out to La. police

Cuba Gooding's lawyer reaches out to La. police

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lawyer contacted New Orleans police regarding an arrest warrant issued for the Oscar-winning actor this week, authorities said.
Warrant issued for Gooding's arrest

Warrant issued for Gooding's arrest

NEW ORLEANS, July 31 (UPI) -- Police in New Orleans say they have issued an arrest warrant for Cuba Gooding Jr. after a bartender accused the Oscar-winning actor of assaulting her.

Student Academy film awards handed out

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 10 (UPI) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented film awards to 13 students from colleges and universities worldwide at the Student Academy Awards.
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'Red Tails' tops DVD sales chart

'Red Tails' tops DVD sales chart

LOS ANGELES, May 31 (UPI) -- "Red Tails," a World War II action picture starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, is the top-selling DVD in the United States, Rentrak said.
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Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie to host Image Awards

Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie to host Image Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie are to serve as hosts of the 43rd NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, NBC said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
By United Press International
Kimberly Elise cast in TNT movie 'Hands'

Kimberly Elise cast in TNT movie 'Hands'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Kimberly Elise has signed on to join Cuba Gooding Jr. in the upcoming TV movie, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," TNT announced.
Gooding to play doctor in TNT movie

Gooding to play doctor in TNT movie

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has signed on to play the title character in "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," TNT announced.
Winehouse has visa; won't attend Grammys

Winehouse has visa; won't attend Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- British singer Amy Winehouse has obtained a visa to travel to the United States, but still won't be attending Sunday's Grammy Awards gala, TMZ.com reported.

Dogs of War: The importance of oversight

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- If private military and security contractors are motivated by patriotism, as well as by the mighty dollar, they should welcome oversight of the way the government spends taxpayers' money. Besides, if you take the king's shilling, you must take the king's auditor, too.
DAVID ISENBERG

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.
By United Press International

Whitaker to produce Nicky Barnes series

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor-director Forest Whitaker is producing a Showtime drama series about real-life Harlem drug dealer Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, Variety.com reported.

'Gangster' premiere to benefit youth club

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures says the world premiere of "American Gangster" will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, N.Y.
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